09/18/14 9:51am

Alexandria Public Schools (ACPS) students from Mount Vernon Community School, Jefferson-Houston School, and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy gathered in City Council Chambers this week to witness Mayor William D. “Bill” Euille sign a proclamation recognizing Constitution Week in Alexandria, Virginia.


09/18/14 9:45am

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.


09/18/14 9:08am


To celebrate their anniversary, the Old Town Boutique District is holding its 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt.

Here’s how it works – From Thursday, September 18 (TODAY) to Saturday, September 20, visit the Old Town Boutique District stores. Fill up your Passport with all of our Boutique stamps and you will be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize, which includes gift certificates and prizes valued at more than $3,000!**

You can participate by downloading and printing the passport, or to pick up a copy at participating Boutiques during the event.

Participants who registered will have a bag and printed passport waiting for you at the Alexandria Visitors Center beginning Thursday, September 18 at 10 a.m. The first 200 registrants will receive a free OTBD Baggu bag!

Limit one Baggu bag per household.


  1. Pick up your bag, grab your passport card, and visit all participating stores over the 3-day event. If you registered, you will have a bag and passport waiting for you at the Alexandria Visitors Center at 221 King St.The Visitors Center will be open Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-8.
  2. Get your card stamped and pick up goodies at each store.*
  3. Return fully stamped card to any Boutique by the end of business Saturday.
  4. You will be entered to win a Grand Prize package, including gift certificates and merchandise from all participating stores valued at more than $3,000.**
  5. Post photos to Instagram for a chance to win prizes from individual stores. Click here for details and a prize list.


Complete your passport, turn it in to any participating Boutique, and you will be entered to win our Grand Prize. One lucky Hunter will receive:

$100 Gift Certificates from: 529 Kids Consign • Acme Mid-Century + Modern • Apple Seed Maternity and Baby Boutique • Bellacara • Bishop Boutique • Bloomers • Current Boutique • Gossypia • Hysteria • La Cuisine • lou lou • Mint ConditionMystique Jewelers • Olio Tasting Room • Pacers • Pink & Brown • Red Barn MercantileSara CampbellShe’s UniqueStuart Nordin Home & DesignTchoupitoulas FurnishingsThe Christmas AtticThe Dog ParkThe Pink PalmThe Potomac Bead CompanyThe Sugar Cube

A Jewelry Set from Elinor Coleman’s Vintage Mirage

An Extra Large Vintage Dough Bowl from Germany from European Country Living

An Intro to Knit Kit including yarn, needles, notions and instructional book AND a free Intro to Knitting Class from fibre space™

A gift basket of staff favorites from Hooray for Books!

A set of Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags from The Shoe Hive

A Deluxe Sugar & Spice Gift Crate + $25 gift certificate from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria

A candle and diffuser set by Archipelago from Victoria at Home.

09/18/14 8:52am

absentIVotedStickerAbsentee voting for the November 4, federal election begins on Friday, September 19. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away for personal business, work, vacation, active military service or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. Take into account those days when traffic is heavy or the weather is bad and it takes longer than usual to get to and from work.
  • Physically unable to go to the polls because of an illness or disability.
  • A caregiver for a confined family member.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician, search and rescue).

To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, go to alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703.746.4050.

09/18/14 8:29am

The Carlyle Club is the perfect place to impress your date, enjoy a fun night out and plan a celebration.

On Thursday nights, you get an evening of live entertainment, a delicious meal and unforgettable ambiance which features a brand new dinner and drink menu!

Tonight, Andrian Duke performs soulful jazz, swing and New Orleans classics. To get a sampling of Mr. Duke’s music, check out the video above.

To get your tickets, click this link.

09/17/14 2:32pm

Blessings in a Backpack

Tomorrow is National Blessings in a Backpack Day!

City of Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Maury Elementary School Principal Lucretia Jackson, and the Maury community will commemorate the kick-off of the Blessings in a Backpack program in Alexandria that will feed 50 Maury students on weekends throughout the school year. Mayor Euille and Ms. Jackson will pack the first bags that will be delivered to students on Friday.

The event kicksoff tomorrow (Thursday, Sept 18, 2014) at 8:15 AM in front of Maury Elementary School.

In June 2014, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted Thursday, September 18, 2014 as “Blessings in a Backpack Day”, whereby mayors across the United States will participate in backpack-stuffing events, and providing food for children in their communities who need it most. In addition, this is a celebration of the first Blessings in a Backpack program in the City of Alexandria. It is expected that the program will grow to other areas throughout the Alexandria where needed.

For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, please visit the website at www.BlessingsinaBackpack.org.

To donate online or by mail, please designate your contribution to Matthew
Maury Elementary School.

(H/T RosemontVA)